Crossett crushes Christian Central, heads to Round 3

Crossett high school freshman Max Brooks scored his first touchdown in a high school game Friday night when his coach gave starting quarterback Tyrique Jones a break during fourth quarter. The Eagles beat the team from Central Arkansas Christian Academy in Little Rock 68-36. (VAL GAUGHT/News Observer)

The Crossett Eagles had a slow takeoff when they started their game in the second round of the playoffs Friday night, but the team eventually ran away with the lead and the game to take home the win and advance to Round 3. 

The Eagles traveled to Little Rock to face Central Christian Academy in a game that Crossett would ultimately dominate 68-36. 

CAC started out in the lead. They moved the ball a few yards at a time on their first drive until making their way to the end zone. Their extra point kick was good and they led 7- 0 with eight minutes to play in the first. The Eagles started their first drive midfield and after a few gains of only a yard or two, quarterback Tyrique Jones threw a 29-yard pass to Jackson Moore to put the ball into the redzone. Tayshawn Paskel ran it forward four yards, and on the next play Jones took it in the end zone. Brandon Urbina kicked to tie the score 7-7. 

CAC went four-and-out, punting back to the Eagles. Jones threw a 60-yard pass to Dewayne Ashford to place the ball deep in Warrior territory. It took a few plays to get going, but Jones finally ran it back into the end zone for six more points. Urbina kicked again and the Eagles led 14-7. 

The Warrior offense came out on the field for two plays before Desmond Harris intercepted the ball mid-field. Moore and Paskel each got a few short rushes and then Jones ran it 22 yards into the endzone for his third touchdown of the night. Urbina kicked in the extra point, making the score 21-7 with 1:38 to play in the first quarter.

The Eagles kicked it back to CAC. After being stopped by defenders Dwight Ashford and Mason Taunton, the Warriors were finally able to break away for a 45-yard run that set them up to score. They kick in an extra point to make it a one touchdown ballgame, 21-14, with 30 seconds still to play in the first. 

Before the clock could roll into the second quarter, however, Jones threw a 53-yard pass to Dewayne Ashford for a touchdown and Urbina kicked in another point for a score of 28-14. 

CAC answered with a touchdown,  once again making it a one score ball game at 28-21. Jones answered with a 53-yard touchdown run and Urbina kicked another extra point to give the Eagles 35 to CAC’s 21. It took a full five minues of game time, but CAC finally answered with another touchdown of their own. The extra point made the score 35-28 with approximately four minutes left in the half. The Warriors kicked off to the Eagles,  and on the next play Jones ran the ball 56 yards for another Eagle touchdown. Urbina successfully kicked to make the score 42-28.

An onside kick gave the Eagles the ball right back, and Jones ran it from midfield to the CAC 12 yard line. Paskel rushed for four yards and then eight for an Eagle touchdown. Urbina kicked the extra point and the score was 49-28 with two minutes to go until the half.

After the half, the Eagles scored on their first drive. Jones got a 50-yard run and then threw a short pass to Dewayne Ashford, setting Paskel up to run it into the end zone.

The extra point kick was no good but the Eagles still led 55-28. Defenders Santario Scott, Dwight Ashford and Danorman Hughes kept CAC out of the end zone. They didn’t score again until the fourth quarter, when they put up one touchdown to make the final score 68-36. 

Jones threw the ball to Moore for the next touchdown. Freshman quarterback Max Brooks took in the last touchdown. 

The Eagles had nearly 600 yards on offense by the end of the night. Crossett rushed for 350 and had 250 passing yards. Jones rushed for 261 yards himself and passed for 231. Moore had 100 receiving yards and Dewayne Ashford had 140. Defenders Dwight Ashford and Denzel Watkins have averaged around eight tackles per game this season with no slack shown to CAC.

The Eagles will now travel to Monticello on Friday to take on the Monticello Billies in Round 3 of the playoff bracket.


-Val Gaught reported this story-

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